Stokes: Need to get out of the house? Try the EDA method

rodcrafter@islc.netSeptember 8, 2013 

Trying to get as much fun from the outdoors on a limited budget and fleeting time can be a big problem. Now that hunting season has arrived, many outdoor enthusiasts are having a bit of difficulty deciding which indulgence is the better choice.

Lowcountry interests can create quite a stir among family and friends if a clear definition is not established early. When this occurs, I have found by implementing the EDA method -- Easily Defined Alternative -- I remain neutral but benefit equally no matter what is decided.

I simply inventory the freezer and ask the little lady what she prefers for table fare. In the past this may have caused a bit of commotion, but through the gauntlet of pleasure and pain, and a bit of subtle manipulation, I have found the amount of whining and pouting necessary to be shuffled out the door.

While on the surface this may appear deceitful, it actually saves face. By asking preference, I am asking for choice and not permission. This way, I get outdoors and the little lady feels she is still in control.

Keep it to yourself if you choose to employ the EDA on the homefront. The season has just started and we don't wish to spoil things for others less graced in this application.

Rains, Winds and Attitudes

To say that fishing conditions were cooperative would be stretching things just a bit. With temperatures hitting the mid to upper 90s, you would think more anglers would be staying home -- but this is not the case. The landings showed just the opposite, as well as anchorage around offshore buoys and wrecks.

Not everyone got the message from the weatherman. And if they did, it seems it made little if any difference to Lowcountry anglers in the pursuit. Mid-afternoon rains, oppressive humid heat, offshore winds, high gas prices and poor tides did little to wane the spirit, as dividends were paid to those who ventured past the docks.

Active Species

Sheepshead, Bluefish, Kingfish, Black Drum, Spottail Bass, Shark, Whiting, Trout, Flounder, some scattered Wahoo and large Tarpon.

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